The Riverbend Model Railroad Club was organized in 1992. It has been located in various buildings through out the years including the Tell Building, a Grandville Industrial Suite, and the Antique Mall. In 2005 the club started to build its signature theme layout of a fictitious Superior Northern railroad that was a 32'x22' double level HO scale layout and was located in the Grand River Construction Building in Hudsonville just west of Gemen's Hardware. The Superior Northern railroad represented Upper Peninsula railroading in the year 1962 with some "modeler's license" to allow the presence of the last of the steam locomotives as well as a few newer diesel locomotives. The principle industries on the railroad were pulp wood, paper products, and, of course, iron ore mining. The Superior Northern mainline ran from Sault St. Marie, Michigan to Duluth, Minnesota. The club modeled the towns of Sault St. Marie, Soo Junction, St. Ignace, Newberry, Munising, Marquette, Negaunee, Ishpeming, and Palmer. Some points of interest were the Chief Wawatam railroad car ferry at St. Ignace, the International Bridges at Sault St. Marie, and the DSS&A ore dock and ore boat at Marquette. This was a fully operational layout with operating sessions held once per month. A photo gallery of our now defunct Superior Northern layout is available by clicking here. While still operating the Superior Northern layout, the club in 2007 also started a modular HO scale railroad based on the Grand Rapids and Indiana (GR&I). This layout was located in the basement of Sunset Manor.
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